Clubhouse, a voice chat app released on iOS and iPadOS as a media platform with a semi-exclusive guest chat room feel – and will soon be rolled out to Android phones as well, starting with beta tests.
No schedule has yet been set for the beta, nor a plan for where it will be deployed first – just that the ‘rough beta’ was going to ‘a handful of friendly testers’. blog post from the parent company Notion.
The post explained other upcoming updates to the clubhouse, including some rudimentary additions to the novice platform, such as prompts for new participants to follow clubs for a few minutes to listen to them. There’s also support for gestures to help VoiceOver accessibility users find out who’s talking, as well as suggestions and improvements to notifications.
Clubhouse: iOS only so far
The clubhouse was launched earlier this year on iOS to give listeners only audio access to hosts ’rooms to lead conversations featuring celebrities like Oprah, Elon Musk and Tiffany Haddish.
But Android users were left in the cold, and other companies have been trying to release options temporarily, such as Twitter Spaces, even though some of the imitation apps on the Google Play store report malware. Whether the Android version will be launched before other announced competitors arrive is another big unknown, and the competition can be fierce: Facebook makes a clubhouse-like feature New York times, and so is LInkedIn TechCrunchand Spotify only acquired an audio app designed to chat with fans of its musicians and podcasters.